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The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2017)

Sidney Hall (original title)
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Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.

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Shawn Christensen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Lerman ... Sidney Hall
Elle Fanning ... Melody
Kyle Chandler ... The Searcher
Michelle Monaghan ... Mrs. Hall
Blake Jenner ... Brett Newport
Nathan Lane ... Harold
Margaret Qualley ... Alexandra
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ... Duane
Tim Blake Nelson ... Johan
Janina Gavankar ... Gina
Darren Pettie ... Gerald Hall
Alex Karpovsky ... Mr. Bauer
Michael Chen Michael Chen ... Lewis
Avery Whitted ... Henry Crowe
Ariane Rinehart ... Darcy
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Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.

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It's all about beginnings.

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was originally going to be a Scott Free Productions project, when it was acquired in 2008. Joe Russo was to direct, Ridley Scott and Tony Scott were to be the executive producers, Michael Costigan was to be the producer and Jim Sturgess was to play Sidney Hall. Pre-production halted in 2009, however, and no development took place until the writer, Shawn Christensen, looked to take the project under his wing in late 2014. See more »

Goofs

When Sidney is laying in his front yard, he has his hands behind his head. But when Brett walks up he removes his right and lays it on his chest. But in the next camera shot, both hands are behind his head again. See more »

Quotes

Sidney Hall: Once Melody left me, it dawned on me, looking out at all of those wonderful city lights, that I was just one of those millions of city lights, a tiny little pixel, buried within the white noise of life, blinking on for just a brief second in time.
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A coherent non-linear narrative
10 March 2018 | by MrSparkSee all my reviews

Shawn Christensen's the Vanishing of Sidney Hall while certainly not a masterpiece of film-making manages to captivate, perplex and leave the viewer with a lot to think about. The non-linearity of Christensen's direction is nicely implemented and clearly translates the script to the screen. The cinematography, I believe, is beautiful and produces a pleasing effect. As for the acting, it is above average but not inspiring enough to make the viewer jump out of his seat. Finally the overall delivery of the story is what make's most critics negatively view this film. It somewhat feels rushed, the climax is supposed to enrich us with drama and inject us with emotions about the characters but in fact fails to do so. I believe it should have revealed more drama during the progress of the story and not the finale. Still, this film does not deserve a low rating, it is not as bad as critics say.


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Language:

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Release Date:

2 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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